Onto the All Ireland Semi Finals!
The Ladies Senior Volleyballers travelled to Santa Sabina in Dublin on the 15th of November where they faced two teams from the Dublin school and one from Ballinasloe’s Árdscoil Mhuire. Only two teams out of the four could progress to the All-Ireland Semi Finals so it was going to be a long, tough day.
Up first, the RCC ladies faced their closest rivals, Ballinasloe. This, without a shadow of a doubt, was the match of the day. The girls found themselves in a battle from the get go. While it took our girls a while to settle, they soon caught up but despite their best efforts in the first set, they lost 25-21. The girls knew they had to get into it from the very beginning of the second game and that they did. What started as poor skill selection and mediocre communication, soon transformed into brilliant shots and excellent calling and support. They were almost a completely different team from their first game and showed just how far they had come since last year. The girls showed such determination, they were insistent on making it further on in the competition than last year. They forced a tie breaker after beating Ballinasloe in the second set 25-19. The girls had now the confidence and the belief to win, however, Ballinasloe were not giving in that easily and continued to battle. The tie breaker was a game that showed both teams incredible skills, with no team going ahead by any more than two points at a time. In the end, it was Ballinasloe who persevered and left our girls gutted on a score line of 15-13.
While the girls were left devastated by their defeat, they now had to make a decision, would they lie down and accept defeat, or would they fight and not give up? Thankfully, the girls maintained composure and continued to battle. It was the two Santa Sabina teams who suffered as a result of their initial defeat to Ballinasloe as unfortunately they were not strong enough for our determined ladies. They beat the first Dublin team 25-4, 25-10 and the second team, who had brought Ballinasloe to a tie-breaker, 25-11, 25-6.
The results meant that the RCC ladies placed second on the day and now progress to the All-Ireland Semi Finals which takes place over the coming weeks. Well done to all the girls who played out of their skin and the very best of luck in the next round.
A number of our students joined with thousands of others around the country last week in taking part in Gaeilge 24. The aim of this initiative is to promote Irish as a living language and students were challenged to use their cúpla focal at home, in school and in their community for 24 hours. Táimid fíor-bhródúil as na scoláirí uilig- maith sibh! All students who took part will receive a certificate of participation from Conradh na Gaeilge and will be entered into a draw in school to be in with a chance of winning one of five €300 Gaeltacht vouchers for Coláiste UISCE, Co. Maigh Eo.
Roscommon Community College 15 Clarin College Athenry 7
Roscommon Community College concluded their Senior Emerging League pool with a well-deserved victory over Clarin College Athenry on Wednesday last, November 14 at a windswept Creggs. Despite playing into a massive breeze, RCC dominated the first half and had they been more accurate, could have been out of sight by half time. Strong, driving forward play by Eoin McDonnell, Adam Donnelly, Ciaran Corcoran and Luca Stratford forced Clarin to defend for most of the half but RCC had only a 5-0 lead at the break courtesy of an Adam Donnelly try from close range.
A similar pattern emerged for almost the duration of the second half and RCC only added three further points through a Matthew Ryan penalty. At 8-0, RCC were vulnerable and in the final minutes, Clarin’s centre intercepted a loose RCC pass and cantered under the posts for a try which was converted leaving the score 8-7 in favour of RCC. With the game in the balance, RCC felt the pressure but showed good defensive composure. In the final minute, out half Ben Finnerty kicked to the open field where a flying Fabio Oliveira latched on to a perfect bounce to outsprint all defenders. Ryan converted for a 15-7 scoreline and RCC were worthy but relieved winners.
RCC: Diarmuid Treacy, Dean Conlon, Adam Bracken, Erin Coyne, Kyle Kelly, Ben Finnerty, Eoghan Farrell, Ciaran Corcoran, Tiernan O’Sullivan, Adam Donnelly, Dylan Geraghty (c), Eoin McDonnell, Darragh O’Sullivan, Diarmuid Quinn and Luca Stratford.
Subs used: Matthew Ryan, Liam Egan, Fabio Oliveira
Senior Ladies Success
A determined RCC side faced a long journey to Sligo’s Colaiste Iascaigh in a bid to be in with a chance to top their group and advance to the Connacht semi-finals. Roscommon Community College were definite underdogs for this game as Colaiste Iascaigh had already beaten Castlerea Community School who beat RCC previously. A mammoth task lay ahead but the girls were focused and knew it was all to play for.
Colaiste Iascaigh were first out of the traps with a goal almost immediately but RCC held their composure and responded with an equally impressive goal by Siobhan Tracey. Points were exchanged between the teams with Tia Cronin and Aoife Campbell making the scoreboard. There really was nothing between these evenly match teams. Just before half time Tia Cronin found the net to put RCC ahead 2-2 to 1-3.
The second half again certainly did not disappoint. Iascaigh opened up with a point but RCC replied with some great interlinking play setting Méabh Hickey up to hit a fine score. RCC really increased their work rate contesting every ball that came their way. Super defending by the solid backs made it very difficult for Iascaigh to get a score. The last ten minutes were truly nail-biting with just a point separating the teams. Again there was immense pressure on RCC’s defence and in particular goalie Shannon Carter which they handled with ease. Some good support play created vital scores by Rachel Tarmey and Ellie Lohan ensuring RCC secured the much needed win with no answer from the Sligo side.
A super performance from the girls, sheer grit and determination was evident from the very beginning. Once they took the lead there was no looking back. Well done!
5th Year Visit to Ian B Dunne Science Show
On Wednesday the 14th of November as part of Science Week, the 5th year students visited the County Library for a science demonstration by Ian B Dunne. Ian is a science showman and educator who performed science tricks and magic to help our students see fun in the world of science around us. A very enjoyable morning for all.
Shoe Box Appeal
Our TY students kindly helped to organise the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal this year. Pictured is a selection of the many boxes collected for this worthy cause. A simple variety of gifts in a wrapped shoebox can provide such delight to children in impoverished countries across the world. Thanks to Ms. Kerrane and Ms. Shanley for coordinating this event.